The heat has pushed things ahead about 1-2 weeks according to the calendar and many species are migrating to their summer locations. Walleyes have for the most part have moved off shore in many locations, but there are always shallow populations in weed beds and rocks, If the wind blows pitch jigs with a half crawler, leech, or a minnow. Slip bobbers with a leech can be very effective for walleyes that are suspended and trolling spinner rigs can be great search tools looking for active walleyes. There are bug hatches looming on area lakes this time of year so it is smart to carry different live baits with you. In the evening hours trolling crankbaits can be very effective and most often the shallows will produce your best chances. Some of the area lakes that are producing good walleye fishing are Big Splithand, Johnson Lake, Bass Lake, Big Winnie, Pokegama, Round, and Jessie.
Bass fishing has been off to a great start with all the recent warm weather. Anglers from all over have discovered what a great destination for both Smallmouth and Largemouth ass since the National Bass Tournaments have been coming to the Grand Ra[ids area for the past 4 years and the lakes in the area abound with some of the best bass fishing in the country. Major League Fishing has stated many time on National Television that the Grand Rapids area is rated as their top destination for quality and quantity for both species of bass. Marty Stone from MLF has commented many times about the love affair that MLF has with the Grand Rapids area and the fishing is only part of it. It’s a total destination as members and anglers from their staff have many times commented on. Some of the best options for consistent fishing are Pokegama, Trout, Wabana, Turtle, Spider, Big Rice, and several others. Spinner baits, drop shotting, ned rigging, and other presentations all have been excellent ways to boat numbers of bass.
Panfishing has been very good and the new emerging weed beds are holding numbers of nice sunfish and crappies. A small jig with a plastic body or chunk of worm are all good choices. Attach a lite bobber and throw out to cabbage beds and watch for the bobber to disappear. There’s a kid in all of us that still likes the bobber to go down and reel in a fat and sassy sunfish or crappie. All the lakes in the Grand Rapids area have good sunfish and crappie options.